The devastating floods which hit KwaZulu-Natal recently upended people’s lives completely. Essentials such as shelter, food, fresh water and clothing topped the list of priorities as government and relief agencies sought to restore order and begin the enormous repair and reconstruction work.
Residents, many of whom were left homeless, however, also lost the small comfort items which many people take for granted. As residents rebuilt their lives, including a number of employees from Sibaya Casino in Durban, the resort management realised the desperate need for items such as mattresses and bed sheets, as well as bathroom linen such as towels and face clothes.
Sibaya reached out as part of its internal Project Caring and Sharing programme and GrandWest Casino in Cape Town, Boardwalk Casino in Gqberha, The Maslow in Sandton, Carnival City in Brakpan and Time Square in Pretoria rallied to support the cause.
Together, the three resorts donated:
· Mattresses (king and single) – 36
· Bath and Hand Towels – 684
· Bath Sheets – 185
· Bath Mats – 708
· Face Cloths – 944
· Bed Sheets – 263
· Pillow cases – 501
· Duvet Covers and Bed Throws – 247
The items were recently distributed by the Sibaya Helping Hands Team to Sibaya employees and contractors such as security, housekeeping and retail outlet staff, as well as to businesses such as Fego Caffé and Milky Lane whose staff who had also suffered enormous personal losses.
Sibaya spokesperson and HR Manager, Karen Hammond said: “We are extremely grateful to the Sun International units that responded and donated these items. We know that this cannot make up for everything that so many people lost during the floods, but we hope that this will go some way to restoring dignity and bringing a little comfort.
“At Sibaya, we continue to see how best we can support our employees as well as the wider community as together we try and rebuild lives and communities.”
The floods which ripped through the province, claimed the lives of at least 459 people and left thousands more homeless, and caused damage totalling several billion rand.